ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA-Organising Tribals in Thane

Organising Tribals in Thane Kannan srinivasan KASHTAKARI SANGHATANA is an organisation of adivasi and non-adivasi activists which has been working for about two years among adivasis in the northern part of Thane district in Maharashtra. According to the Sanghatana, its activities have included campaigns against alienation of land from adivasis, loss of forest land, corruption of government officials, exorbitant interest charged by moneylenders, and the witch-craze which has been sweeping Thane district recently. Godavari Parulekar, president of the Maharashtra Kisan Sabha and member of the Central Committee of the CPI (M), has recently charged that the Sanghatana is a Christian missionary organisation and that it receives "foreign and church funds". According to one newspaper report, she has even sought the intervention of the Maharashtra government to curb the Sanghatana's activities.

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